Sweden and Finland haven’t handed over a single terrorism suspect since a NATO deal was signed, Ankara says
Sweden and Finland will not become NATO members if they continue to ignore Ankara’s extradition demands, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has said.
“Until now, none of the persons accused of terrorism, whose extradition from Sweden and Finland was requested by Turkey, have been returned,”Bozdag spoke to reporters Saturday.
“Our expectation is not about those accused of fraud. The Swedish and the Finnish governments should understand this very well.”
Bozdag claimed that Sweden and Finland are currently in the process to join NATO. “will not move a step forward”If the matter has not been resolved,
Turkey agreed to support the US-led military bloc’s invitation for the Nordic nations to become members in June, provided that Ankara does not allow them to support any terrorist organisations. Turkey later stated that Sweden, Finland and other countries have not complied with the deal.
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Ankara has requested the extradition of 33 people accused of terrorism, according to the country’s media. In the meantime, the Swedish government announced this month it will extradite one person convicted for credit card fraud.
Magdalena Andersson (Swedish Prime Minister) stated that Stockholm was handling extradition to Turkey as per international and European law. Additionally, she stated that Sweden doesn’t support individuals who are a danger to Turkish security.